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Batavia man killed in seven-story fall

BATAVIA -- Police are investigation the circumstances around the death of city man in a seven-story fall from the 400 Towers apartment complex on East Main Street late Tuesday afternoon.

William Hastings, who is in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Monroe County medical examiner.


Covert video camera leads to surveillance charge

An East Otto man was jailed Tuesday in the Erie County Holding Center after sheriff's deputies charged him with allegedly setting up a covert video camera in the women's bathroom at a business at 1534 Main St. in the Village of North Collins.

Benjamin K. Kreutter, 51, was arrested by Deputies Brendan Connolly and Anthony Yavicoli at noontime Tuesday.

As a result of a 911 complaint, deputies investigated the business and found Kreutter had allegedly set up a covert video camera to surreptitiously record a female co-worker in the ladies room of the business.

He is charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, a felony offense.


Police probe disappearance of ex-maintenance man

JAMESTOWN -- City police continue to investigate the disappearance of a former building maintenance man for the Covenant Manor Building on West Third Street in connection with a burglary at a photo studio in that building last week.

Police on Tuesday said they are seeking information on the whereabouts of David A. Heath, 34, the former maintenance man at the building, who reportedly has not been seen since the photo studio burglary, which occurred between 3 p.m. June 4 and 11 a.m. June 6.

Camera equipment valued at more than $8,000 was stolen in the break-in.

Anyone with information on either Heath's whereabouts or the photo studio burglary is asked to call police at 483-7531 or 483-8477.


Skateboarder struck by car in the Town of Tonawanda

A skateboarder was injured Tuesday after being struck by a car on Sheridan Drive near Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda.

The collision occurred at about 4 p.m. The skateboarder, who suffered minor injuries and a possible broken leg, may have been eating a taco while riding through the typically heavy traffic in that area, police said.


Sheriff's deputy faces hearing over DWI arrest

An Erie County sheriff's road patrol deputy faces a departmental disciplinary hearing today due to his drunken driving arrest shortly after midnight Tuesday in Amherst.

Deputy Dan Milbrand will be suspended with pay pending a full departmental investigation of the incident, Undersheriff Mark N. Wipperman told The Buffalo News.

Amherst police did not disclose the street on which Milbrand, then off-duty, was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge. Police held him in detention for several hours before he was released. "Our job now is to conduct a full internal affairs investigation," the undersheriff said.

Milbrand could not be reached for comment.


Marijuana trafficking leads to prison, $500 fine

A Buffalo man Tuesday was sentenced to 14 months in prison and fined $500 in U.S. District Court following his conviction on marijuana trafficking charges.

Joseph N. Holman was convicted of conspiracy to possess marijuana, with intent to distribute the drug.

Holman was accused of having participated with Sean McMorrow of Rochester and others in selling marijuana between 2004 and 2005. McMorrow, who was sentenced to two years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer on May 30, was at the time a professional hockey player for the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League.

As part of the conspiracy, federal prosecutors said, Holman possessed and distributed more than 80 pounds of marijuana.

He also recruited and supervised two drug couriers to transport marijuana from Canada into Western New York, the officials said.


Hearing held for man accused of beating up boxer

LOCKPORT -- A prosecutor said Tuesday she will seek a first-degree assault indictment this week against a Town of Niagara man who allegedly beat up a professional boxer in a May 12 fight over a woman.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann made the statement during a Niagara County Court bail hearing for Michael P. Vicki, 30, of Portland Street.

Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set bail at $50,000 for Vicki, who is charged with inflicting cuts that took more than 200 stitches to repair when he beat junior welterweight contender Nick Casal, 21, in the head with an unknown metal object.

Defense attorney Damon A. DeCastro said Casal, a Niagara Falls resident, took a taxi to Vicki's house and started the incident.

Vicki told police he struck Casal in self-defense, but Hoffmann said she has two eyewitnesses who deny that.